Boring Co. to build pod transportation system beneath L.A. | Kroger launches self-driving delivery vehicle program | Ford aims for trust in autonomous vehicle move
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August 17, 2018
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Boring Co. to build pod transportation system beneath L.A.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. plans to build a 3.6-mile tunnel underneath Los Angeles and transport people on eight- to 16-passenger pods. The tunnel will stop at Dodger Stadium, but the number of passengers will be limited to 2.5% of stadium's capacity during the pilot phase's measured approach.
Wired (tiered subscription model) (8/15) 
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Kroger launches self-driving delivery vehicle program
Kroger launches self-driving delivery vehicle program
(Bloomberg)
Kroger is launching a home grocery delivery test via self-guided vehicles at a Scottsdale, Ariz., Fry's location. The pilot will use autonomous Toyota Prius cars, which will initially have a human inside to monitor performance, for same-day and next-day delivery.
ABC News/The Associated Press (8/16),  TechCrunch (8/16) 
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Ford aims for trust in autonomous vehicle move
Ford Motor Co. told the US Department of Transportation in a 44-page self-driving safety report that it wants to be known as the most trustworthy company in the market. "Developing self-driving vehicles is not simply about the technology -- it is about earning the trust of our customers and of those cities and businesses that will ultimately use it," Ford CEO Sherif Marakby says.
The Verge (8/16) 
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Travel Tech
Colo. tests first cellular C-V2X technology
A real-world demonstration of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology on roadways has debuted in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation's regional traffic management center in Denver. The effort was the product of work from Ford Motor Co., Panasonic, Qualcomm, Ficosa (C-V2X onboard units), Kapsch TrafficCom (roadside units) and Savari (wireless communication network technologies).
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (8/16) 
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Going Green
CPI, OXIS Energy partner on LIFE project
The Center for Process Innovation and OXIS Energy are working on the Lithium Innovations for Future Electric vehicles project together, with CPI using OXIS coating technologies and running protective coating trials on lithium-metal cells.
New Electronics (8/16) 
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Policy
Tesla sues Ontario over electric-car incentives
Tesla has sued Canada's recently seated Ontario Progressive Conservative government for canceling its electric vehicle rebate program, which had offered rebates of as much as $10,640. The government made provisions for customers who had already purchased or ordered cars, but it excluded those from nonfranchised dealerships, which includes all Tesla vehicles.
Reuters (8/16) 
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Electric vehicles to get free tolls at UK bridge
A city council in the UK has removed tolls for electric vehicles crossing the Itchen Bridge in an attempt to reduce pollution. Electric vehicles account for 1% of traffic, and the move is expected to reduce toll revenue by $40,610 in the first year.
BBC (8/15) 
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